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The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Southeast Missouri State University offers English high-quality language instruction to students all around the world.  With highly qualified instructors, affordable tuition rates, and multiple learning platforms, IEP has something for anyone.  IEP’s various offerings are: 

  • CEA accredited Premier Immersion program for multiple ways for people from around the world to  
  • Online Intensive English courses 
  • Custom-made short term programs both in-person in beautiful Cape Girardeau or online 

Additional features of IEP


  • Accreditations & Affilations: CEA (Premier Immersion program), EnglishUSA, EducationUSA
  • Instructors: Master’s degrees, experience living and working abroad
  • Class size: Average less than 10, maximum 15
  • Students from 10 different countries
  • New classrooms, library, study spaces, and computer lab
  • Free help: tutoring, IEP library, Coffee Hour, cultural activities


  •  5 start dates each year: January, March, June, August, October
  • Study at the right level for you


  • Foundations and Academic English: 8 week sessions
  • Grad CAP: 16 week sessions
  • Test to find your beginning level
  • Most students finish in 1-2 semesters; some may take longer


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"I love IEP at SEMO! I came to US and my English language was very bad. Then, I enrolled at IEP and I finished the graduate level. Indeed, I got my master degree in TESOL at SEMO, too. Today, I have become a very good English teacher because of the IEP. Moreover, all the staff and English teachers were always smiling, so I feel like it is a little family. Hence, I'm not only saying that IEP  the best place to improve your English skills, but also to make your dreams come true, and I am one of them. Thank you IEP!" 
Hussain S. Al-ghawi, Saudi Arabia

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"When I first came to the US I did not know English. I started in the Intensive English programs on the level 1. In a year I graduated from the program and could be eligible to pursue my undergraduate at Southeast Missouri State University. Between the time that I was in the program, they offered several activities that helped me improve my English. The teachers and staff did not stay behind, they were amazing. They were fun and serious at the same time. I could make jokes and interact with them without hesitation. I felt comfortable in the class and that made a big difference in my learning process. Overall the program is excellent. It has the quality to be the best program in the university." 

Ricardo Ponce Ashimi, Brazil and Japan

"Language is information, and information is everything. Learning a new language is not only learning a new skill, but also gives you a whole new world of culture, history and lifestyle.

I joined IEP in March 2011, graduated in January 2012, and those 10 months has been changed my life in a way that nothing else does. I have met my best friend from my college life in IEP, and I still keep in touch with those IEP teachers even though it's been almost 10 years since I graduated. People treated me and everyone else with their patience and kindness, because all of them were real language educators who are truly in love with teaching English. So hurry up, come join IEP to improve your English skills, to spend your good time here and meet probably some of the most important people in your whole life."

Wanling Li (Sunshine), China

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International Village Admin Building 101

Intensive English Programs
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701